Welcome to the Week 6 newsletter. We really are approaching the business end of the year now. Once again, time once seems to be ticking by quite quickly while we are busy wondering about tomorrow.
Ironically, our wellbeing challenge or focus this week has been to Be Aware, Notice, Witness and Talk. I am reminded to slow down moments by taking the time to notice the small things. I won't list the small things I notice as I dare say they will be different to yours but I can certainly recommend it. Often, I am dealing with forward planning and overarching ideas alongside practicalities of running the school. Noticing the small things has brought the joy to my endeavours.
In this Newsletter:
|Reminders and Updates||
|Teaching and Learning Update||Progress Achievement Tests (PAT)|
|P & F Update||
I appreciate parents wanting to know the class allocations for the following year as soon as possible, and I always seek to communicate this to you as soon as possible. While I will have the full list by the Week 8 newsletter, I can confirm the classroom teachers so far. I regret that I am unable to provide the full staff list at this stage. The school is currently recruiting for those TBA roles and will have these appointments finalised by the next newsletter. We intend to combine some of the part-time roles to embed a staff member across a number of teaching roles within the same week. This will further strengthen the collegial team at CCW.
Please see the table below.
|Class||Teacher Allocation and Days per Week|
|Kindergarten||Margie Shafren ( 4 Days), Tracey Pois (1 Day)|
|Year 1||Nicole Stojanovski (3 Days) TBA (2 Days)|
|Year 2||Katie Castles (REC), Executive Release Teacher 1 Day - TBA|
|Year 3||TBA (5 Days)|
|Year 4||Jenny Stamp (3 Days) Katie McDermott (2 Days)|
|Year 5||Kieran Deveridge (3 Days), TBA (2 Days)|
|Year 6||Emma Conserdyne (3 Days) Katie McDermott (2 Days)|
|LST EALD||Tracey Pois (4 Days)|
|Teacher Librarian||Margaret Mary Spencer (2 Days)|
|Specialist Music||Jeanette Chapman (1 Day)|
|Specialist PE||TBA ( 1 day)|
|ABED Teacher||TBA (1 Day)|
School Improvement Plan
Every year around this time, it is important we revisit the 3 year strategic plan we set oursevles in 2019 and which comes to an end at the end of 2022. The staff met over the last 2 weeks to discern which of those strategic intents would benefit further from our continued focus in 2022 and which ones have been sufficiently developed for this current 3-year cycle.
We discussed that the point of continuous improvement means that most agenda items are ongoing, and while not specifically identified in next year's plan, our job is to also ensure these recent improvements become embedded into practice.
We also noted that some of the strategic intents we set ourselves in late 2019, have been interrupted or perhaps slowed down with the impact of COVID on our school, namely community partnerships like Parish links, community celebrations and specialist presenters at face to face orientation programs. Sometimes the plans we had, such as the one to renew the library as it currently stands, is halted because of the unexpected purchase of land on the other side of it that may change the library footprint altogether in time.
One positive of it being the last year of the plan next year is the many strategic intents were noted as having been developed and we now need only to ensure embedding. Below is a very brief summary of the goals that we felt could do with some specific, focused improvement in 2022. It is currently in draft form and will be finalised by the full staff team, including the Principal, in 2022.
Catholic Formation and Mission
Learning - Focus Area (Reading and Understanding Texts)
Wellbeing and Partnerships
Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter.
Have a great Two weeks,
Read the Signs
Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32
“The sign of the times” is a phrase attributed to Jesus in the Gospels (Mt 16:3)
Its use is quite wide spread, even by those, who have no religious affiliation or connection.
This Sunday is the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary time. We change soon to Advent and get ready for Christmas.
As we near the end of Ordinary time and the liturgical year the Gospel this weekend is stressing the importance of reading the signs. We do this in many aspects of ordinary life. We might watch the the vaccination rates. We might look at the forcast for the impending rain storm. We keep an eye on the petrol gauge in our cars. Jesus uses the symbolism of his Jewish Scriptures to speak about the ending of this world and the coming of God’s reign. He says, ‘Read the signs.’
The imagery of the darkening of the sun and moon and the stars falling would be familiar to Jews at the time of Jesus. It was very standard symbolism for the ending of this age and the beginning of the new age under the care of the Son of God.
In our scientific world now, we read about the collapse of giant stars, and black holes in the universe, when we hear this type of apocalyptic language, we might take Jesus’ words literally, instead of understanding them within a 1st century cosmology.
Two thousand years later, we no longer have an expectation of the immediate end of the world – except in science fiction. But we can certainly live-in expectation and awareness of God’s presence in our lives. We can live each day alert to discovering God just around the corner.
How will I meet God today? Will it be in the face of an upset child? The listening ear of a friend? The unwanted interruption to my plans? The quiet reflective moment in my day?
Hope you have a blessed week ahead.
Great news!!! Our school Psychologist, Vanessa, will be doing some special themed lunch clubs for Stage 2 & 3 students in Weeks 7, 8 & 10.
- Week 7 - More Mindfulness activities and do an activity about feelings
- Week 8 - More Mindfulness with a resilience activity.
Reslience - Coping
We all want our kids to be able to handle those unexpected situations and challenges that may arise. As parents we want to instinctively, protect our kids from all the tricky bad things while knowing at the same time that they need to learn to fend for themselves and begin to work things out on their own.
How to help our kids pick themselves up and bounce back
Resilience is about being able to cope with the challenges that life throws at us – the ups and downs. It can help us to not just survive, but thrive, when we are faced with adversity. It’s about coping with problems and building strengths that protect and promote well-being.
All children can benefit from opportunities to build their resilience. Here are some ideas:
- Praise your children for having a go. Focus on your child’s positive personal characteristics, but keep your love and praise balanced and realistic.
- Encourage your children to face difficult situation in a gradual, step-by-step manner. Young people who learn to cope with difficult situations more effectively will develop the ability to look for positives in difficult situations rather than focus on the negative.
- Be supportive. This can get harder as your child gets older – supporting your primary school aged child is very different from supporting your infant child – but is no less important. Actively listento how your child is feeling, explore options together to help tackle problems, and suggest possibilities that could help.
- Encourage your child to be assertive when necessary. Teach your child from a young age that treating others with respect is the right thing to do. It’s been shown that once children believe that others deserve respect, they’re quick to demand that level of respect for themselves.
- Set aside some time. At meal time share some happy moments that you have all had during the day. It is also good to take a break from constant stimulation like television, computers, iPods and phones. You and your children need moments of peace and quietness.
- Try to be consistent with schedules, rules and expectations in your parenting. Try to agree on rules and convey the some sorts of messages.
- Look after yourself as a parent. Make time for yourself and your own relaxing activities. If you are happy and positive your children will greatly benefit.
There are 4 main protective factors which demonstrate a person’s capacity for displaying resilience.
- Strengths in oneself and in others
- Support networks
- Problem solving ability
- A positive view of an achievable future
To find out more about how we can encourage resilience in our children please refer to https://parenting.sa.gov.au/easy-guides/coping-skills-resilience-parent-easy-guide or listen to the following episode on the ABC Podcast, Parental as Anything, Maggie Dent about How to Raise a Resilient Child https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/parental-as-anything-with-maggie-dent/how-to-raise-a-resilient-child/11461956
Over the next few weeks, students will complete a number of Progress Achievement Test (PAT) in Maths, English, Spelling/Vocab and Grammar Punctuation. These are national based tests from the Australian Council of Educational Research. The data we collect from these national standardised tests, which are usually administrated every 12 months, is used to capture a point in time learning.
We are very mindful that this particular point in time follows a unique period of home learning. We will analyse our 2021 data with the knowledge and perspective of our second Covid lockdown and interruption to schooling. We collect this information with our collective understanding of the whole child and use the PAT data to build understanding of each learner's growth and achievement and identify cohort trends for targeted support in the new year.
Being national tests, the results are measured against all students in Australia who participate in the test. The data we receive in these allows us to plot student achievement against their standard cohort and track growth from one year to the next.
It is important to note that the collection of this data is not considered in isolation but alongside classroom-based data and other standardised tests such as Naplan. Together, we build a clear picture of each child as a learner and how we can help them.
Our assessment schedule is detailed below. We hope to discuss and analyse the data from at least the Maths and English for the Week 8 Newsletter.
Years 1 - 6
Years 2 - 6
PAT SPELLING/ VOCAB
PAT GRAMMAR /PUNCUATION
Years 3 - 6
This time of year marks two important phases for our Stage 3 classes. Year 5 are already underway in the Road to Leadership program and Year 6 are beginning the all important transition to High School and the Graduation traditions that celebrate this milestone. We have outlined these below.
Year 5 Leadership - Student Parliament 2022.
Below is a snapshot of the Student Parliament structure that is in place at CCW Each year, the Year 5 students begin their road to leadership by attending a Leadership development day with the Executive team. They unpack and work on their Leadership nomination Booklets. In this booklet, students are asked to nominate the leadership positions and the portfolio they are interested in standing for in the election process. This process was once again done very well this year and I read the student nominations with pride. Each student demonstrated a clear understanding of both the privilege and responsibility of leadership. I am confident the student election process outlined below will ensure a great leadership model for 2022.
- Friday 5th November - Staff announce the successful candidates who will present a speech to the student body and stand for election in the 4 School leader roles. These are shortlisted to approximately 10 candidates
- Thursday 2nd December - Time TBC - Leadership Speeches presented to student body (Years 2 - 5). Live Teams Assembly to parents
- Students vote immediately after - placing numbers of 1 to 4 against the 4 best candidate they think will be good leaders for the school.
- Friday 3rd December Morning Assembly - 9am The four successful leaders are announced to the student body. This directs the voting in the remaining portfolios.
- Friday 3rd December - throughout the day. Further student elections takes place in Sporting teams (Sport Leaders), Mini Vinnies (Service Leaders) and other groups such as Lunch Club/ Library (Social Leaders).
- Friday 3rd December Afternoon Assembly- 2.30pm - Full Parliament announced to the student body. Live Teams Assembly to parents.
Year 6 Graduation Traditions
Tuesday 7th December (9am) -Whole School End of Year Liturgy
At this stage, we plan to hold the End of Year Liturgy in the Church with Fr Sabu celebrating mass for Stage 3. The other cohorts will be viewing the liturgy in their classrooms (unless we are given the freedom to mix cohorts across different stages by then). This Liturgy includes a symbolic handover of student leadership from Year 6 to Year 5 as well as commissioning our graduating students to their respective high schools and of course, their graduation blessing.
Thursday 9th December - Year 6 Graduation Excursion
We have been given clearance to conduct excursions to external venues under the current covid plan. This has enabled us to book a session at Tree Tops adventures for the Year 6 class to celebrate their graduation together.
Friday 10th December - Stage 3 Service Day TBC
This is fast becoming a wonderful tradition at CCW where students are invited to give something back in the way of a student-led "working bee' around the school grounds. It is usually topped off with a sausage sizzle lunch for all students electing to participate in the Service Day. Obviously, we would love all students to contribute but always offer alternate class based activities for those reluctant to do so.
Monday 13th December (11am) - Year 6 Graduation Assembly
Our plan with the current restrictions is to hold the Graduation Assembly in the Hall with the Year 6 students and their parents. We will "TEAMS" the assembly live to each classroom (and to any parent unable to attend in person). Lunch will be professionally catered and served to the gathering in the hall.
Tuesday 14th December - Year 6 Class Pack Up and Games Day
A final chance to relax and spend time together as a class. The day to finalise belongings to take home.
Wednesday 15th December Whole School Activity TBC and Clap Out
The whole school activity will depend on current restrictions and remains at a TBC status. We are currently pursuing the movie day at Events Cinemas (but are wrestling with covid restrictions) or we could attempt an incursion such as the Inflatable Obstacle Course we had planned last year when inclement weather forced its cancellation. This may result in a change of date but perhpas that will be worth it. Watch this space. We will keep parents updated on this.
Closing of the School and Clap Out for our Graduating class. Given that this will be an outdoor event, and parents are permitted on site for wellbeing and purposeful events, I anticipate that we will be able to proceed as per normal with only a few minor modifications including social distancing, signing in using the NSW App and providing evidence of vaccination status. We will ensure hand hygiene prior and immediately after the high fives, even encouraging Year 6 students to do elbow bumps instead. I will confirm this when the time draws closer.
Canteen Freezer Sale - Lunch Order Day 2021
While we have been given permission to reopen the Canteen, the timing of this opening coincides the point of the year when we would otherwise be running down stock. Therefore the Canteen Committee proposes that the Canteen reopen for lunch orders to run down some of the stock in the freezers (pies, sausage rolls, mac and cheese, fried rice and so on). To do this we are in need of a few one off volunteers for an End of Year Freezer Sale (Lunch Orders Only).
This is an initial call out to anyone who can offer a morning of their time to process the orders, heat the lunches and pop them into bags for the students who order them. the natural day to do this would be Fridays as they are traditionally our busiest but to honest any day can be lunch order day at this time of year. If you could email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and day you are available we may be able to open up for a day or two as early as next week. We can have two people in the canteen and the meeting room where you are processing the orders so if you want to partner up with someone, let us know that in the email. Current Health orders state that any adults on a school site must provide evidence of being double vaxxed, wear a mask indoors and check in with the NSW App
Once we have a volunteer team for a given day, we will publish the date and the modified menu or the Canteen Freezer Sale. The days will run as often as we can get volunteers and while stocks last.
Its also that time of year again when we begin to call out for Canteen Volunteers for the new year. We would love to relaunch the Cold Crunch Cafe for 4 days a week as it was previously but to do that we rely on the generosity of your time and energy. We are forever grateful for any time parents can spare that collectively allow our canteen to run at almost full capacity. Attached is a note with more details about volunteering as well as a volunteer nomination form.
P & F Dates 2022
Below are some key dates and reminders for the P & F at the start of 2022
|Friday 28th or Monday 31st January||
|Tuesday 1st February||
|Tuesday 15th February||
|Friday 25th February||
|Tuesday March 8th||